Call for Proposals | Hainamana 2018

Hainamana is looking for contributors. If you would like to contribute a piece of writing about contemporary Asian New Zealand art or culture, then get in touch. This is a paid writing opportunity!

Aspirational or provocative ideas are encouraged, as well as experimental pieces of writing. Long-form essays, articles, interviews, reviews and pieces of creative writing are all welcome.

Proposals should be no longer than 150 words and should respond to contemporary Asian-New Zealand culture within the context of Aotearoa and the Asia-Pacific.

To make a submission please email

HAINAMANA is a first linguistic encounter with Asia from a regional perspective. A transliteration of an English denomination –Chinaman – and operating at a third remove from what Chinese and East Asian migrants would call themselves, HAINAMANA points to a moment in Aotearoa’s recent colonial history, and to the often uneasy relations between tangata whenua and tauiwi.

With broad allegiances, HAINAMANA is committed to fostering contemporary Asian New Zealand arts and cultural discourse. With a view towards subjectivity and personal narratives, regional specificity, linguistic difference, and the multifarious and rapidly changing dimensions of contemporary New Zealand society, HAINAMANA also seeks to ask pertinent questions around issues of identity. It is at best an indication of emergent themes rather than resolutions, never a definitive authority on Asian cultural practice, and acknowledges social agitation as its primary function.



Date(s) - 01/02/2018 - 30/04/2018
12:00 am